Conservatives and socialists break Valencia pact
1 February 2006, MADRID – An agreement between the conservatives and the socialists over a new constitution in Valencia has broken down.
1 February 2006
MADRID – An agreement between the conservatives and the socialists over a new constitution in Valencia has broken down.
On Wednesday, the PP party said it was not prepared to accept changes to the 'estatut' – an agreement which redefines the region's relationship with central government and its degree of responsibilities and autonomy.
The PP said both parties had agreed the estatut and the socialists were breaking the pact by introducing a new article on the Valencian language and on electoral rules.
PP spokesman Federico Trillo said the new articles had been added "without communicating it to the other side".
The socialists, however, tried to play down the disagreement, insisting the pact was "not broken" and stating the party would resolve the disagreements "100 percent with the PP".
There were just two out of 90 articles on which the two parties did not agree, he added.
If the socialists in Valencia cannot get agreement for the constitution, the news will be a blow for Spain's ruling socialists who have faced substantial problems finding a constitution agreeable to all their political allies in Catalonia.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news